Meet the English for Lawyers Teachers


Marleen Hein-Dunne teaches English for Lawyers at the Washington College of Law at American University and in the Legal English Program. She has also taught classes in public speaking and business communications in the MBA program. Before joining the law school, Ms. Hein-Dunne taught College Writing courses in the Literature Department and Research Writing to international students. At Georgetown University, she taught classes in professional writing and designed as well as taught a writing course for international graduate students in the Department of Linguistics. Ms. Hein-Dunne has extensive international experience. She has taught intensive courses in Legal English at law schools in Istanbul, Turkey; St. Petersburg, Russia; Santiago, Chile; Bogota and Cali, Columbia; Kyoto, Japan, and Beijing, China. She taught classes in American Literature and Academic Writing at the University of Bonn, Germany. She also designed and taught intensive Legal English to German lawyers and corporate executives at the Carl Duisberg Foundation in Cologne, Germany.

Anne Dorfman has taught legal English at Humboldt University in Berlin and l'Université de Paris II—Pantéon-Assas. In 2014-15 she was a U.S. State Dept. English Language Fellow at the University of Bucharest School of Law. In 2016 she taught at the Universidad Politécnica de Puebla in Mexico. Before becoming a full-time teacher and tutor, she was a legal journalist, explaining the law to lawyers and nonlawyers as a writer for the San Francisco Daily Journal, a legal-affairs newspaper, and as a documentary producer for Court TV. Anne is a member of the State Bar of California.

Kathy McDonnell, since 2007, has been teaching legal English in WCL's intensive Legal English Program for incoming LLM students and foreign practitioners and has taught legal research and writing to international LLM students at WCL. Ms. McDonnell also teaches a variety of English as a Second Language courses at Montgomery College. She has taught legal English courses in Bogotá, Colombia and ESL courses in Xuzhou, China and Canterbury, England. In addition, she currently serves as an arbitrator for international commercial disputes, on the panel of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association, as well as for disputes in the financial industry, as a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory (FINRA) Dispute Resolution Panel. She practiced international commercial law as in-house counsel in the telecommunications industry for more than 20 years.